Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, to honor fallen Army Pfc. Don D. Dowler Jr. of Clarinda, Iowa. Dowler was accounted for in September of 2021. He was reported missing in action in December of 1950 after his unit was attacked near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. 

“Pfc. Dowler Jr. paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms while fighting in the Korean War,” said Gov. Reynolds. “More than 70 years later, his remains have been found and positively identified and I pray this brings a sense of closure to his family. Kevin and I join with Iowans in honoring Pfc. Dowler Jr. for his sacrifice and service to our country.” 

Army Pfc. Don D. Dowler was 18-years-old when he went missing in action. He will be buried in California.  

Wednesday February 23, 2022
Santa Maria Cemetery
Santa Maria, California  

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state.        

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.